Marsy’s Law for Florida today announced the endorsement of Amendment 6 by Florida Congressional members from both political parties. Endorsing the proposed constitutional amendment which would create a new, specific set of crime victims’ rights in the state constitution are:
- Congressman Gus Bilirakis
- Congressman Carlos Curbelo
- Congressman Al Lawson
- Congressman Tom Rooney
- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
- Congressman Dennis Ross
- Congressman Darren Soto
- Congressman Ted Yoho
- Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis
“We appreciate the support of these Florida Congressional members who are standing with the people of their districts who have had their lives forever altered by crime,” said Greg Ungru, Marsy’s Law for Florida State Director. “With their advocacy, we further strengthen our efforts to communicate to voters why Florida needs clear, enforceable rights in our state’s most powerful legal document.”
Defendants in criminal cases are provided distinct constitutional rights and protections both under the U.S. Constitution and Florida Constitution. The Florida Constitution currently contains a single sentence pertaining to victims’ rights which is ambiguous and open to interpretation. If passed by voters by a margin of 60 percent, Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida would create new rights for crime victims and replace the single sentence placed in the state constitution 30 years ago.
These rights and protections would be equal to those already afforded the accused and convicted. Creating new crime victims’ rights will in no way infringe on or take away any of the rights already provided to criminals and those accused of crimes.
For more information on Amendment 6/Marsy’s Law for Florida, visit marsyslawforfl.com.